With two public holidays and mild spring weather, May is a great time to visit England. It’s also a key season for events in the capital, with myriad new exhibitions, magical concerts, open air festivals and cultural happenings to look forward to. Whether you’re interested in art, music, flowers, sports or theatre, there’s something to entertain in London in May. Here’s our pick of our favourite upcoming events.
Giacometti at Tate Modern
For the first time in 20 years, the UK will play host to a major retrospective of the work of Alberto Giacometti. The Swiss sculptor and painter, known for his elongated figures, is highly regarded in the art world and for this special exhibition, the Tate Modern has acquired more than 250 of his greatest pieces.
10th May – 10th September 2017
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone™ in Concert
For four days only, the magical world of Harry Potter takes over the iconic Royal Albert Hall for an enchanting celebration of music and film. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will perform John Williams’ score from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone live on stage, while the movie plays on a screen behind the talented musicians and chorus.
11th – 14th May 2017
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
Take an immersive audio-visual journey through the history of one of England’s most successful bands, Pink Floyd, at the V&A’s newest exhibition. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains chronicles the life of the influential band, from its birth in the 1960s to the modern day, through a 350-strong collection of artefacts, artworks, performance tapes, and much more. When it comes to musical exhibitions, it doesn’t get more rock ‘n’ roll than this.
13th May – 1st October 2017
The Prize for Illustration 2017 – Sounds of the City
Hosted by the Association of Illustrators (AOI), The Prize for Illustration 2017 showcases a collection of competition works based around the theme of ‘Sounds of the City’. As well as the exhibition at the London Transport Museum, visitors can enjoy a programme of interactive workshops and expert-led talks.
19th May – 3rd September 2017
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
In the heart of Regent’s Park is a beautiful open air theatre. Open May through September each year, the theatre hosts a busy programme of events, kicking off with a production of On The Town (19th May – 1st July). This is followed by performances of A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and Jesus Christ Superstar. There will also be live comedy shows, movie screenings and much more.
19th May – 16th September 2017
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Arguably the most famous flower show in the world, Chelsea Flower Show, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, is a must-see for green fingered visitors. From cutting-edge garden designs to displays of new and rare flowers and plants, there’s plenty to discover at this colourful showcase of 21st century gardening.
23rd – 27th May 2017
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
Delve into the stylish world of fashion mogul Cristóbal Balenciaga at the V&A’s latest exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. Browse 100 of the Spanish designer’s most innovative pieces, such as the famous ‘envelope’ dress worn by Alberta Tiburzi, and discover how his exquisite craftsmanship made him one of the most influential names in 20th century fashion.
27th May 2017 – 18th February 2018
Emirates FA Cup Final
The final of the oldest football tournament in the world is a must-see for all sports lovers. Taking place at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the anticipated game will see the UK’s top teams go head to head on the pitch, cheered on by tens of thousands of fans.
27th May 2017
Belgravia in Bloom
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show isn’t the only floral related event to enjoy this May. Grosvenor are hosting Belgravia in Bloom which will run concurrently to the seminal flower show. Activities include walking tours, pop-up botanical installations and floral-inspired menus at participating restaurants. The Rubens at the Palace’s Living Wall featuring over 10,000 plants is an unmissable highlight for horticulture fans.
23rd – 28th May
After enjoying these events in London in May, relax and recuperate in the comfort of one of our London hotels, located in the heart of the capital.
Images Credits: The Hand by Alberto Giacometti © Alberto Giacometti Estate, ACS/DACS, 2017. Pink Floyd in concert © flickr/Jon Lean. London Transport Museum © Gavin Brown Photography. Regents Park Open Air Theatre © David Jensen. Chelsea Flower Show © Royal Horticultural Society. Balenciaga Shaping Fashion © Victoria and Albert Museum.